So, one of the things I hear a lot from people who are looking to eat healthier is that it is hard when it comes to snacks or convenience items! Healthy clean pantry snacks can be a challenge, if you are looking at foods in the same way you always have! But this doesn’t have to be the case, and I want to show you a few simple and yummy healthy clean pantry snacks for you to try out today!!
One of my fave tricks for a healthy clean pantry snack is to buy a big bag of nuts, any kind, or mixed, a can of raisins, craisins, and other dried fruits(mango, banana chips, apple slices, etc). I will pull out a dozen or more snack sized baggies, and go through filling each up with a small handful of each item, assembly line style, zipper shut,and BOOM!! healthy clean snacks are finished, ready to go into a lunch box or purse for an on the go breakfast/snack. If your kids are resistant to this add in a few chocolate chips or yogurt raisins to the mix for some fun and variety:-)
I do this with crackers too, snack sized bags full of a crunchy cracker, then I can add in a small dish of hummus or guac. or even just a dish of tuna or chicken salad and use the crackers instead of bread(healthy and less carbs/calories).
talking about hummus, always keep a can or two of chickpeas in the clean eating pantry! There is nothing better for nutrition and protein, low cal,fast and yummy to have in the house!! Whipped up in the blender with some olive oil, lemon juice and salt(plus curry powder in my house:-) and you have a simple hummus. This is a clean pantry staple for snacking, or as a meal base some days!
If you have an extra 20 minutes one day bake up a batch or two of muffins, for a super simple, healthy and versatile clean pantry snack! These recipes are both amazing, and flexible, adding tons of nutrition, without a lot of calories. these morning glory muffins are quick and rdelish!
Muffins are by far our go-to snack item, you can customize the same batter (like this one)into 3 or more different variations, just add shredded carrots, nutmeg and nuts/seeds to one and you have carrot cake. another add in banana and walnuts for banana bread, or chocolate chips and PB for a fun PB cup muffin kids love! My kids fave is a Pb muffin with a dollop of jelly added 5 minutes into the baking time, for a PB and jelly muffin;-)
Just whipped up these quick healthy muffins last night, took about 8 minutes from start to baking!!! made some without chips for the Cupcake Princess, some with for the kiddos! This was a hit, and a super way to get extra protein into kids who don’t like meat(adults for that matter;-)
I made these muffins with things that your average home with a clean pantry probably has on hand, just as a test, and they were really great! Could totally make these right before dinner, and have them bake while you are eating, just set the timer, lol!
Healthy vegan banana blender muffins
- 1 ripe banana
- 3/4 cups oatmeal
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1/3 cup nut butter(any kind)
- 3 tablespoons flax meal
- 1 can white beans or garbanzo beans (drain well)
- 1/3 cup almond or coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 scoop ProFit powder, chocolate or vanilla (optional for extra nutrients)
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder(optional)
|Pre heat oven to 350* |
place everything into a blender, any order is fine.
you may need to add a bit of water, 1 TBSp at a time, if too thick. should have the consistency of PB.
|Once fully blended scoop into silicone muffin cups, fill 2/3 full. |
Add in any chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, etc that you would like at this point.
|Bake at 350* for 12-15 minutes. The muffins will be a bit damp in the middle at this point, but they will be moist and fudgy when cooled, mmmmmmm|
With a bit of forethought and some basic items you can have healthy clean pantry snacks ready to go for every day of the week!!
How are you doing on your health goals for this year? Now that we are half way into the year are you still working on your New Years Resolutions?! Have they fallen by the wayside? Do you want to get back on track but need help? Message me, or find me on FB, I would love to help!! Join me in a 90 Day Fit forSummer Challenge group, full of workouts, clean eating menus, and encouragement!!